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Organisation : Ministry of Human Resource Development
Fellowship Name : Prime Minister’s Research Fellows Scheme
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Pursuant to the orders sanctioning the scheme for ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF)’, and as outlined in the guidelines issued therein, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) is hereby constituted for implementation of Scheme with the following composition

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(i) Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
(ii) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
(iii) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
(iv) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
(v) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
(vi) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
(vii) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati
(viii) Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (National Coordinator)

Scheme Details

1. The term of the Members of the NCC will be two years from the date of this order. Reconstitution of the NCC will be notified by MHRD every second year with inclusion of Heads of other Institutes on rotation.

2. The NCC will be the apex decision making body of the PMRF Scheme with following functions :
a) Responsible for implementation of the scheme as per the scheme guidelines.
b) Establish close coordination with all the participating Institutes, MHRD and the selected fellows for successful implementation of the Scheme.

c) Put in place an online portal with end-to-end capability consisting of candidate portal, portal for explaining the scheme, receiving applications, automatic directing of the applications to the concerned Nodal Institute (NI), allow short-listing of projects by the NI, facilitate call for interviews, taking options of the shortlisted candidates for the institution of their choices in order of priority, and final allotment of the institutions for the selected candidates etc.

d) Identify Nodal Institutes (NIs) from among the IITs/IISc for each subject area, for scrutiny of the projects and for examination of the shortlisted candidates.
e) Decide the maximum and minimum number of research projects to be taken up under various disciplines in such a manner that there is balanced growth of research in each discipline.
f) Approve the finally selected candidates for each discipline, and allocate institutes for research work.

g) Review and monitor the scheme through :
(i) Portal to update the work done by each fellow
(ii) Organising annual national conventions for showcasing the work of the PMRFs.
(iii) Facilitating conduct of annual reviews at the institute level.
(iv) Report to MHRD the status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization thereof from time to time,

h) Make efforts to involve industry participation in the PMRF programme and also explore CSR funds for sponsoring maximum number of fellows.
i) Suggest to MHRD policy changes, if any, for making the scheme more effective.
3. The NCC shall immediately operationalize the Scheme so that the Fellows are identified and can take admission from the Academic Year 2018-19 on wards.


a) The candidates for the PMRF should have completed, or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/HSERs/IIITs;
b) They should have secured at least 8 CGPA.
c) Students should have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.

Selection & Approval

The selection process for the PMRF will be a rigorous two stage process with screening by the Reviewers and final selection by the Selection Committee for each research vertical to ensure competition, standardization, transparency and selection of the best talent.

This shall be done in the following Manner :
a. For each subject area, the Selection Committee constituted by the NI will select candidates after interview.
b)The allocation of Institute for the doctoral study would be done by the Selection Committee, keeping in view the choices of the selected candidates and the availability of academic and other infrastructure.
c)An appropriate algorithm will be developed by the IITs/IISc for selection of the candidates and linking them to potential guides.

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